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Virus in brief: Tests exposed as imperfect, and more to know today about COVID-19

Plus: 100 air passengers get banned for no masks, while it's Harleys everywhere and masks nowhere at the annual Stugis biker rally. Also: Get back-to-school safety tips in this time of COVID-19. Read more

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Gas line leak contained on Concord Parkway

CONCORD — Another gas leak occurred during construction work in Cabarrus County.  Read more

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Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for an economy pummeled by the still-raging coronavirus. Read more

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The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Read more

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Asia Today: Australian state records 466 cases, 12 deaths

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria recorded 466 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths, including another man in his 30s. The figures were released as the city of Melbourne remained in lockdown and under an overnight curfew. Read more

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